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Poster: stratocaster Date: Sep 27, 2006 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

you were just born at the wrong time...there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, period...I've seen hundreds of shows of all types of bands and a live Dead show was truly unique in it's time...when the lights went down and Garcia walked out and picked up his guitar, I would get chills...damn...the memories are still fresh...I really can't watch any of these cover bands and/ or lesh or weir...it just ain't the same thing...when jerry would hit that d chord into morning dew...shit...that's the stuff

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 27, 2006 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

I have to mostly agree with stratocaster regarding the various cover bands and offshoots and the like ... once you've tasted the cherry (Jerry?), the benchwarmers just don't leave the palate all that satisfied.

However, while i agree as well that there was nothing like a Dead show, i would not go so far as to say that certain other bands and/or artists failed to provide a same or greater level of enjoyment and musical appreciation. I caught Bob Mould (and Husker Du several years previous) and felt that those shows contributed an equal measure of value in terms of what i took away with me. Also, Bad Brains certainly did the trick time and again, early Sonic Youth, Blues Traveler in late 80's, Six Finger Satellite, and various others that have worked into the brain's marrow memories that i return to from time to time, the music, the people around me, the era, the essence of the whole. Cool.

Just my thoughts on the topic anyway.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 27, 2006 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

I saw Santana, back in like 1979, do a 45 minute version of Black Magic Woman that just floored me. Incredible non-stop jaming.

Also The Allman Brothers, when they had Warren Haynes and Dickey Betts (before his breakdown) at say the Beacon Theatre, early-mid 90's - can't be beat.

And while this might not be some folks cup of tea, I once saw Bruce Springsteen in Florida play 3 sets for well over 5 hours. By the end of the show he was stage diving off the piano!! What the hell was he on?????

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 28, 2006 2:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

I can recall being staggered by Springsteen's limitless energy too. But one of the finest high-energy shows I ever saw was Bob Seger at the Hammersmith Odeon in October 77. At this great remove I can't recall how many encores the band actually did but I do remember that they had to come back and do one more even after the houselights came up because no one in that audience was leaving until they did! Ahh.. youthful pleasures!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 27, 2006 10:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

That's so true ... Springsteen certainly could put on a show. However, i never did understand the rabid collecting of boss boots that went on among the fans. I mean, with the Dead, okay, the variety, setlists, magic moments, are effin' overwhelming.

I was stationed in Kentucky mid-80's (i know, depressed me too), and caught Stevie Ray opened by Greg Allman Band. Blew the doors off my perceptions of the so-called white boy blues. Fuck, that show was a freakin' gem.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 27, 2006 10:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

Ya know, MSG early 80"s there was Yes in the round and I swear Chris Squire was the best bass player on the planet. Listen to "The Fish" or "Close to the Edge"

One last one - Martin Barre on guitar at a Jethro Tull show circa 78-80 - one of the best live bands ever. Ian Anderson jumping off the tow ropes of a giant Mayflower ship. The drum solo... Dont get me started... A+

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Sep 27, 2006 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

I second that emotion, to hear another Stella..........

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